Jeff Sharlet

Associate Professor of English

I teach and write in a mutant genre encompassing creative nonfiction, the lyric essay, and literary journalism—factual stories told with the techniques of fiction, poetry, and visual mediums. I'm a contributing writer for Harper's Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Rolling Stone, and a founding editor of an online literary magazine called Killing the Buddha. Here at Dartmouth, I'm publisher of an online magazine of literary journalism, 40 Towns. 

013 Sanborn
HB 6032
B.A. Hampshire College

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Selected Publications

Radiant Truths (Yale University Press, 2014)

"Inside the Iron Closet," GQ (2014)

"Voice and Hammer," Virginia Quarterly Review (2013)

"The Blazing Facts," Harper's Magazine (2013)

Sweet Heaven When I Die, (W.W. Norton, 2011)

C Street, (Little, Brown, 2010)

The Family (Harper, 2008)

Killing the Buddha, with P Manseau (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2004)

Believer, Beware, edited with P Manseau (Beacon Press, 2009)

“Straight Man’s Burden,” Harper’s Magazine (2010)

“The Martyrdom of Brad Will,” Rolling Stone (2008)

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Speaking Engagements

University of Minnesota Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writers reading series, October 2, 2014

American Writers Festival, Yale-NUS & Singapore Management University, Singapore, September 9, 2014

University of Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series, April 3, 2014

Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Like a Novel: Creative Nonfiction and the Question of Characters" 

Panelist, 2014 Associated Writing Programs Conference, "Doubt is My Revelation: Literary Journalists on Religion"

Works in Progress

Hammer Songs , essays about the political histories of popular songs, to be published by Basic Books; Jeff Sharlet Dies , a narrative nonfiction story of the underground Vietnam GI resistance movement.